Prayer is not a religious duty, but a privilege with transformational power; something I’m invited to do. It’s not about form, but simply expressing your thoughts, feelings, fears and concerns to God. You name it—you can bring it to God.
Our world has never had peace. Throughout our history we’ve experienced war, conflict and turmoil. James 4:1-3 says, “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Aren’t they caused by the selfish desires that fight to control you? You want what you don’t have, so you commit murder. You’re determined to have things, but you can’t get what you want. You quarrel and fight. You don’t have the things you want, because you don’t pray for them. When you pray for things, you don’t get them because you want them for the wrong reason—for your own pleasure.”
Last year we saw 424 registered known conflicts throughout the world. Some were within countries—countrymen against countrymen. If you’ve been on a few missions trips outside the U.S., there is always someone that country is worried about causing unrest or conflict.
Life is hard; why struggle with each other?
War broke out in heaven. Satan rose up and said, “I could do it better if I were God. One-third of the angels joined his revolt. (That was the first church split.) We’ve had relationship conflicts ever since. Absalom said the same thing about His father, King David. “If I were king….”
There is a constant battle through relationship. And it’s important to realize that behind every conflict is the spirit of war. The enemy wants to divide us. He wants to break up nations through civil war; He desires to split people groups with the thought that one is better than the other.
Sometimes it’s simply—they have stuff and I want it. The conquistadors heard of gold in South America. At the end of last year, they found the San Jose. It is believed to have more than 1 billion dollars in coins on board, not the mention the jewels. Spain said, “We want our stuff back!”
As Kingdom people, we need to remember that this world is passing away. Losing our peace is not worth getting worked up over.
Tie your heart to God, not to things.
Mark 11:23 says, “I can guarantee this truth: This is what will be done for someone who doesn’t doubt but believes what he says will happen.” When you find yourself in conflict, ask yourself, “What is driving this conflict. What is it that I’m not getting?”
Our wants are satisfied when we pray and desire His will above all else.